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Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
fought two wars that cost us dearly, the united states is turning to the vast potential of the asia pacific region. >> obama turned his attention at home to pushing through health care reform, something president after president had tried to do. he succeeded with what became known as obama care, the most significant overhaul since medicare and medicaid in the 1960s. he pushed to shore up banks after the financial crisis and congress passed legislation two years ago imposing stricter regulations on financial institutions and giving more protection to customers. reforming the nation's finances has proved more difficult. republicans criticized obama for the mounting national debt and they say the unemployment rate, 7.8%, is unacceptably high. >> the latest poll suggests the candidates are running close, but they were taken before the storm hit shore. earlier i spoke with nhk world's nishikawa on obama's successes and his failures. mishiko the president is not the first president, obviously, to promise change. but he certainly made that word stick. how do voters think he has done? >> ri
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
leaders in the united states as well as here in japan. he said waiting until the strains become clearer just leads to harsher outcomes. vinals says japan's high level of debt presents a stability risk and said the government leaders need to deal with budget problems. they pointed to commercial bank holdings of government bonds as yet another risk. they project in five years bonds could make up a third of those banks' total assets and they warned those institutions would suffer heavy losses if interest rates rose. now, vinals said japanese leaders need to be more vigilant about their risks. i had a chance to speak with him about some of the problems and some of the solutions. mr. vinals, you spoke this morning about japan remaining a concern. you're saying that the sovereign debt could become fully a third of bank assets in five years. holding that many assets obviously puts the banks at risk if bond prices plummet, so how would you say is the best way out of this that's least disruptive to the economy? >> i think that the best way when you have banks with a very significant port
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
operated by the united states. china's alternative is called bedo. tests on it began last december. chinese officials say the positioning system will have a wide range of applications, and some analysts point out that china is developing it for both commercial and military purposes. >>> about 10,000 children are born in japan each year with congenital heart disorders. that's roughly one baby in 100. many of them can be cured through surgery, but lately some people are finding themselves with life-threatening conditions such as heart failure decades after undergoing surgery. nhk world's takafumi terui reports. >> reporter: this man from shizuoka city in central japan is 56 years old. he was born with a hole in his heart. the man had an operation when he was 11 years old. he'd been healthy for years afterward. but in may this year, an electrocardiogram during a rue heen health checkup revealed some irregularities. the man went to see a doctor. he learned that his heart had grown to 1 1/2 times its normal size and could stop beating at any moment. he was hospitalized immediately. >> t
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
, and spain. but they also see question marks elsewhere in europe and in the united states too if politicians there fail to agree on policies that promote growth. let me read one line from the report. it says the recovery has suffered new setbacks and uncertainty weighs heavily on the outlook. >> ron, that looks like a weighty forecast. what jumped out at you from those pages? >>. >> reporter: actually quite a weighty book, as well, i'm guessing about 230 pages here. the folks at the international monetary fund release this it outlook four times a year, but the wording in the last six months sounds more and more pessimistic. they say the risks of a slowdown are, in their words, alarmingly high. they've revised their forecast down to 3.3%. >> the world economic recovery continues, but it has weakened further. in advanced economies growth is now too low to make a substantial dent in unemployment. >> reporter: chief economist olivier blanchard outlined factors that are pulling down growth in developing economies, including budget restructuring and a weak banking system. he says is cr
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
accused obama of making the united states appear weak immediately after taking office. >> the president began what i've called an apology tour of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they looked at that and saw weakness. in those nations and on arabic you said that america had been dismissive and derisive. you said that on occasion america had dictated other nations. mr. president, america has not dictated to other nations. we have freed other nations. >> reporter: obama appeared eager to attack his republican opponent, accusing romney of sending mixed messages on important issues like afghanistan, iran, and iraq. romney focused on demonstrating his understanding of foreign policy, even agreeing with the president on many points. on syria, both candidates backed the use of international pressure to oust president bashar al assad, but both oppose a direct u.s. military intervention. they also agreed that china could be a partner of the united states as long as it abides by international trade regulations. >> definitely a good debate for obama. i th
KCSMMHZ
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
lawsuit in the united states. nhk world has more. >> reporter: samsung alleges apple's latest smartphone violates eight patents. it targets technologies for installing photos. the two firms have been fighting similar trials in ten countries including in japan. samsung received the green light on monday from a u.s. district court in california in another case. the company can resume sales of its tablet device, the galaxy tab 10.1 in the u.s. market. the court decided in june to temporarily ban sales, but apple has dominated the legal battle so far winning $1 billion compensation in a u.s. court. its lawyers are keeping up the pressure. apple added four new samsung models to a list of products it says infringe apple's patents. this man is an expert on smartphone industries. he warns if the legal fit drags consumers could be the ones left to pick up the bill. >> as of now i don't think there's an impact for iphone because there's no decision made. with this patent case going on, there might be an increase in the price of the handset of the smartphone itself, so that is kind of th
KCSMMHZ
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
telecommunications company appear to be dialing up the deal that would give them a major presence in the united states. nhk has learned that softbank is acquiring the third largest mobile phone carrier, sprint nextel. the purchase would spawn a global telecom giant. the negotiations are going on as the use of smartphones and other mobile devices is growing worldwide. sprint nextel has more than 56 million subscribers. nhk sources say softbank executives are in negotiations to acquire two-thirds of the total shares. softbank's total investment is expected to reach about $12.8 billion. both firms are providers for apple's iphones and both use a high-speed wireless communications protocol called lte or long-term evolution. the stronger yen is believed to be a factor in softbank's consideration in aspiring to buy sprint nextel. softbank executive are amay or may notally hoping to vastly expand their network in the u.s. where the market is showing considerable growth. if successful, the deal would lead to the creation of a telecommunications company with more than 90 million subscribers. >>> europe'
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states. >> campbell is scheduled to meet with japanese officials to discuss bilateral cooperation on situations in east asia. >>> we interviewed a prominent british analyst on how he sees japan/china relations at the moment. professor michael clarke is director general at the royal united services institute for defense and security studies. >> for european, we understand the issue, i think, of the islands. we understand the delicacy of the issue. but it is a problem that can be similar disputes all around the world, and they will flare up from time to time. the most important thing from tokyo's point of view is not to allow too many precedents to be set on either side, which lock both powers, both beijing and tokyo, into positions from which they cannot retreat. we are modern powers in the world. there are many powers in the world which really are not modern. china is a great 20th century power. it's not really a 21st century power. and so those of us who are post-modern century societies, who live in very 21st century ways in the world, have got to share our ideas abo
KCSMMHZ
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
two years. >> no one in the united states, you know, less in japan and i hope in china wants to see shots fired over three or four uninhabited rocks in the east china sea. as long as we're concentrating on the sovereignty issue, we're probably not going to get anywhere. on the other hand, the resource issues can be addressed separately, without regard to sovereignty. >> bader says the u.s. government doesn't intend to mediate. he called on both sides to refrain from any action that could be considered a provocation. he argued the violent protests in china against japan's nationalization of the islands were counterproductive, unwise, and damaging to china itself. >> it made china look like an aggrieved third-world country that was not acting like an international community. >> japanese leaders say their claim to the senkaku islands dates back to 1895. chinese officials maintain their country was forced to give up the territory after losing the sino-japanese war. >>> the philippines and vietnam have appealed to the international community for a peaceful and legal resolution to the sou
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
the collective maritime interests of the united states and its allies in the asia pacific region. the u.s. also plans to deploy new f-35 stealth fighter jets in the region. the f-35 is now in its final stage of development. it has an advanced network system to connect the aircraft with ground-based radar and aegis vessels which can provide integrated information to the pilots. >>> earlier i spoke to nhk world's senior commentator hisashi sua. so, hisashi, is it unusual to have two aircraft carriers in this region at the same time? >> no, it's not that unusual. u.s. navy policy says there should be a presence of twoiers in the region. but this is not always the case because of demands elsewhere, so "uss george washington" has its home base in japan. the "uss john c. stennis" is based on the u.s. west coast but is on its way to the persian gulf to join the fleet. it arrived in the western pacific in mid-september. >> so is there anything unusual about what's happening right now? >> yes. the fact that the u.s. navy made the announcement in the first place. usually, it doesn't announce de
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states in 2011 and this past summer. prime minister noda is telling voters that the opposition is not cooperating and will be delayed if funds stop flowing and services were interrupted. the opposing parties are pointing fingers at the government, on the other hand. they insist that noda is not following through with his promise to call a general election soon, because he is unpopular, and they do not appear ready to cooperate. you know, if both parties, both sides, can not come to an agreement and the budget cannot be enacted during this month-long diet session, japanese voters will surely find -- surely lose their trust in their elected officials. >> so could these negotiations force prime minister noda to set a date for the general election? >> noda does not have to call a general election until next summer. he said he would call an election soon the last time he had a compromise, but that was in august. the prime minister and lawmakers in his ruling democratic party are in no hurry to dissolve the lower house. an nhk poll suggests that his approval rating and that of the dp
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
wider conflicts between the united states, the former soviet union, and china, as well as the ambitions of its neighbors, thailand and vietnam. king sihanouk was a symbol of cambodian resilience over six turbulent decades. the body of sihanouk will lie in state at the royal palace for three months to give cambodians an opportunity to say farewell. that will be followed by a state funeral. now peace and prosperity are gradually returning to the country. many cambodians see the passing of their former king as the end of an era. >>> the weak global economy is forcing companies to look for new markets to grow. even so, pakistan doesn't seem like an obvious choice. headlines from there often focus on political chaos and terrorism. discouraged a group of japanese companies from taking a closer look. nhk world reports from islamabad. >> reporter: siakot is a city in east pakistan. at this garment factory, 150 men make uniforms for judo and karate. they work for japanese companies that moved its base here from china. >> translator: we are starting to receive orders from companies in europe, as
KCSMMHZ
Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states to begin uttering such words. a new poll from nbc news and the "wall street journal" suggest obama and romney are even at 47%. >>> minsters from about 40 countries are meeting in seoul to discuss a new framework on climate change. they're trying to narrow the differences between developed and developing nations. the minsters are preparing for the u.n. conference on climate change next month in doha, qatar. >> we will start laying the groundwork to draw successful outcome. please show your commitment and leadership at the minster meeting. >> the kyoto protocol expires this is year. delegates at the meeting hope to agree on a time table to launch by 2020. >> translator: global warming cannot be prevented unless all countries take part in the effort. japan wants to lead efforts to create such a framework. >> delegates from industrialized countries want all major emitters, including china and india, to be bound by reduction cuts. those from developing nations say they need more financial and technical support. >>> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
afghanistan has been rising following the release of an anti-islamic film made in the united states. the taliban is trying to take advantage of the hostility to increase support for its campaign of violence. international forces and their afghan colleagues need to work hand in hand to counter the insurgent threat. but the insider attacks are fueling mistrust and pushing them farther apart. hideki yui, nhk world, islamabad. >>> japan's prime minister is looking ahead to a fall full of challenges and he's trying to be ready. yoshihiko noda reshuffled his cabinet. he replaced more than half of the ministers. noda's aiming to boost support for his ruling coalition. the opposition is pushing him to call a general election. the new cabinet was officially inaugurated on monday evening after a ceremony at the imperial palace. noda kept koichiro gemba as foreign minister, former diet affairs chief of the main ruling democratic party. koriki jojima are will take over as finance minister. satoshi morimoto maintains his post. he's the first person from the private sector to hold the job. deputy chie
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
: japan's entertainment industry is the second largest in the world, after the united states. it made about $160 billion in 2007. but sales have dropped to around $150 billion since then. animation sales fell below $2 billion last year from their peak of 2.8 billion in 2005. domestic cd sales are also down, reflecting the shift to digital down loads. people in the industry hope foreign markets will give them a boost. they are trying to generate interest around the world, but especially in asia's rising economies. >> asia has been influenced by many major markets, and japan is a major market. >> translator: i'm proud of japanese content. we'd like to spread this great content around the world without worrying about the segmentation within our industry. we hope to increase global profits. >> reporter: japan's sluggish economy, along with its aging progression, is having an impact across the board. creators in the company's entertainment industry are trying to tap into new markets, not just to direct sales, but to guarantee their survival. >>> there's a tropical storm swirling near the philipp
KCSMMHZ
Oct 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
hirokazu nakaima announced he will visit the united states sunday. he's aiming to meet with senior government officials to convey the anger of the okinawan people. >>> a joint chinese navy and air force fleet has conducted an exercise near a disputed group of islands in the east china sea. japan nationalized the senkaku islands last month. china and taiwan claim them as their own. 11 ships and eight aircraft from the navy, fishery administration, and marine surveillance agency took part in the exercise. the drill was based on the scenario that the crew of the patrol boat had fallen overboard and were injured during a skirmish with a foreign vessel. china's state run television station broadcast the exercise live. china's national radio says chinese patrol boats have been harassed by foreign ships around the disputed islands. it says the exercise was named at protecting china's territorial sovereignty and maritime interest through strengthening ties between the navy and other agencies. >>> european leaders have seen banks there crumble one after another. they've agreed at a summit i
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
are taking part from 19 nations including the united states, canada and australia. three are from china and south korea. japan is involved in territorial disputes with both nations. the college's vice principal toshihiro yamamoto says oceans are public property and should be accessible to any nation. >> i strongly believe that face-to-face meeting like this program will promote mutual understanding and confidence-building of individuals. >> participants at the ten-day meeting plan to discuss disaster rescue operations, humanitarian assistance, and working together for maritime safety. >>> more japanese companies affected by the march 11th disaster of last year are taking part in one of the biggest trade shows in china. they're pinning their hopes on the chinese market despite soured relations between japan and its neighbors over disputed islands group. nhk world's shunishi reports. >> reporter: the latest installment of the china import and export fair opened in the southern province of guangdong on monday. it's held every spring and autumn. about 25,000 domestic and foreign firms
KCSMMHZ
Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
reportedly told yang the united states will not take sides on the issue, something american officials have said repeatedly in recent weeks. china's state-run xinhua news agency reports yang reiterated his country's stance on the dispute. chinese maintain the uninhabited islands are part of their territory. analysts see this latest comment as a message to the u.s. to stay out of the matter. >>> dozens of politicians in japan have done something their neighbors in south korea and china feel opens an old wound. two cabinet ministers and nearly 70 other lawmakers visited the yasukuni shrine. the site honors japan's war dead, including major war criminals. the lawmakers are mainly from the ruling democratic party and the main opposition liberal democratic party. transport minister yuch row hata and yukio shimoji were among them. >> i signed as mikio shimoji from the new people's party. i don't think visiting the shrine will be a diplomatic issue. >> this visit is private. since it is private i hope it won't have any political impact. >> china and south korea regard the yasukuni shrine as a
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
of the united states and its allies and partners. >>> chinese naval commanders put their first aircraft carrier into service last week, but it has no operational aircraft and will be used for training. >>> an international group of hackers has leaked some 120,000 bits of information it claims was stolen from the world's top universities. five japanese universities were among the hackers' targets along with harvard and cambridge. the hacker collector known as ghost shell claims it broke into systems at 100 universities and posted personal information on a website. the data stolen from the university of tokyo may contain the e-mail addresses of its staff members as well as the phone numbers and addresses of its laboratories. the university shut down its computer networks to verify the hacked evidence. the school admits it has found indications of outside intrusion into its system and says that some e-mail addresses were leaked. [ sirens ] >> a police officer in philadelphia rushes to the scene of a crime. he doesn't start the investigation by asking questions or inspecting the si
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